What we eat deeply affects our body, mind, energy level, and mood. Each person’s needs are unique and should be guided by lifestyle, health, age, gender, and genetics. Therefore there is no one correct diet. So, rather than focusing on a “cookie cutter” approach, I prefer to begin each program with a comprehensive health assessment. During this first appointment, I will ask questions about your daily food intake, current and past medical diagnoses, gastrointestinal symptoms, family medical history, moods, and other relevant topics. I will also look at any laboratory testing that has been done to help formulate a personal plan of action.
Initially, I meet with clients every other week for approximately and hour. During sessions we will talk about findings in any laboratory testing that has been done, food intake, dietary suggestions, recipes, moods, symptoms, exercise, sleep, and many other relevant topics. The conversation is guided by the client’s goals and health.
Some of the many issues that I commonly work with include:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Thyroid disorders
- Adrenal disorders/Adrenal fatigue
- Mast cell activation disorders
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome/Connective Tissue Disorders
- Food allergies/sensitivities
- Celiac disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Graves disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Nutritional Genomics
- Pre- and post-natal
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Autoimmune uticaria
- Weight loss
- Metabolic syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety disorders
In addition to in house appointment for those in my area, I regularly work with patients from all over the Unites States, United Kingdom, Canada, and several other countries. Appointments may be via teleconference (Zoom) or phone.
Functional Nutrition is an approach to health where rather than focusing on disease-specific approaches, the practitioner instead uses a systems-approach. This includes a more complete investigation of symptoms relying heavily on listening to the person’s symptoms. Overall, Fit to You’s approach is one of addressing the whole person. This process uses functional blood analysis which is looking at a variety of blood markers to see what is causing the person’s symptoms. When someone’s results are outside of normal laboratory ranges this indicates a frank disease state and will usually be treated by a traditional doctor. However, in my practice, I look at a tighter range that looks at the range found in optimal health. This allows the client to be guided to proper lifestyle and nutritional options to help them obtain and maintain optimal health. For more information on functional medicine, please visit The Institute for Functional Medicine.
Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and Leaky Gut Syndrome
So many people in modern society develop sensitivities and allergies due to the body’s inability to handle novel proteins in our foods. This may be caused by exposure to genetically modified foods, autoimmune responses such as Celiac Disease, environmental exposures, and IgE allergies. Many people suffer from a diverse array of symptoms that may include: bloating/gas, constipation, diarrhea, weight gain, weight loss, rashes, hives, itching, depression, ADD/ADHD, exacerbation of autoimmune disease, joint pain, fatigue and moodiness. Often people will develop leaky gut syndrome where proteins from various foods sneak through the tight junctions in the small intestines allowing partially digested foods into the blood stream. The immune system will then attack the “foreign” particles causing either a sensitivity or allergy. At Fit to You we treat leaky gut using the 4R system: Remove, Reinoculate, Replace, Repair.
Support for Mood Disorders
Many individuals struggle with depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and other mood disorders. If you are searching for an alternative to medication or even an adjunct therapy it is possible to use targeted amino acid therapy, certain vitamins, or precursors to help support mood. Work begins with an assessment of symptoms. A program is then put together (in collaboration with a prescribing physician whenever medications are involved) to help support and improve your mood. Reassessments are done periodically to help determine the program’s success. Appointments are every other week to ensure optimal results.